From presidential speeches to best-selling books, the writing isn’t always attributable to the person reciting the words or the name on the book spine. There’s often someone else who’s doing the writing behind the scenes. Ghostwriters are differ from other writers in one significant way: they don't take the credit

for their work. Instead, they write on behalf of their clients. It may seem a little crazy to not take credit for your work, but it's more common than you think! Ghostwriters have supplied the copy for novels, e-books, speeches, blogs, and so much more. Because they sacrifice the credit, Ghostwriters tend to get paid quite a bit more than their other writing counterparts! If you’re a strong writer who doesn’t mind giving up credit, becoming a Ghostwriter VBO could be a lucrative career opportunity for you. 


What if we told you that some of your favorite books, articles, speeches, and blogs aren't actually written by the author whose name is on it? It's true! Many written pieces are written by Ghostwriters, writers who write for others without taking any credit for it. Ghostwriting clients are typically people who don't have the time to write the desired piece on their own. They can also be people who have a story to tell but just aren't very good at writing. Ghostwriters are skilled at altering their voice and style for different audiences. They often spend time studying and interviewing their clients to create the right tone.

Here are just a few reasons you should consider becoming a Ghostwriter VBO:

  • Ghostwriting jobs tend to pay better than typical writing jobs.
  • Ghostwriting For Nonfiction Works.
  • Ghostwriting For Memoirs.

Here is an example of a VBO Niche for a Ghostwriter
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Ghostwriting For Nonfiction Works

VBO Niche

Ghostwriting For Memoirs

We provide some great resources to help you get up and running as a Ghostwriter. If you have questions about becoming a Ghostwriter, feel free to head over to our Groups and ask there!


  • Write in a variety of styles and tones depending on the needs of your client.
  • Be able to take a general idea and turn it into a written piece.
  • Have excellent writing skills.
  • Research and interview as needed on behalf of your clients.
  • Maintain full confidentiality on behalf of your clients.
  • Be creative and have a keen eye for detail.
  • Conduct thorough research and interviews as needed.
  • Possess excellent writing and communication skills.


Our research shows the hourly rate charged by VBOs ranges from $30.00 to $90.00. However, the majority seemed to land in the $35.00 to $55.00 per hour range. Factors affecting this variance include geographic location, experience, and level of expertise.


The Association of Ghostwriters

The Association of Ghostwriters' blog is the first stop for anyone considering adding ghostwriting into their skill set. They offer advice and inspiration for novice and veteran ghostwriters.


MarketSmiths is an industry leader in ghostwriting. They offer advice on getting started as a ghostwriter and increasing your skills if you’re already in the field.



Udemy is a great site for VBOs to sharpen their skills. Their classes typically range from $10.00 - $200.00. However, they are known to have frequent sales where with virtually all lessons as low as $10.00.


Skillshare is an online learning community with classes in that are often helpful for VBOs focused design, business, tech, and more.


Coursera offers courses from many of the top universities including Stanford, Duke, and Penn. As a result, their courses are similar to the instruction you’d receive in higher education.







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